Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Extreme Cop Car!

:: A Lamborghini Gallardo has been donated to the Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato).
++ Auto Tech: Bologna, Italy / Italian State Police / Lamborghini

If you hope to evade the police, the last thing you want to see in your rear view mirror is this Italian police car. This is the first (and only) V10, 520 horsepower, 196 mph extreme cop car! (It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4 seconds.)

It is equipped with apparatus to transmit and receive information and images in critical situations such as road traffic accidents, fires and other disaster situations. It will also be fitted with the Italian police's Provida system which records traffic violations and sends images in real-time, and has a direct connection to the police database as well as the Elsag "Autodetector" system for number plate recognition. [Image credit: Automobile Magazine (please note: this image has been modified from the original)]

The Lamborghini Gallardo police car will be used by the traffic police (Polizia Stradale) during emergency situations on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway in southern Italy. [Image credit: Automobile Magazine (please note: this image has been modified from the original)]

The police's use of their Lamborghini Gallardo won't be limited to fair-weather driving: as well as the benefits of the Gallardo's permanent four-wheel drive, during winter months it will also sport special "Sottozero" snow tyres developed by Pirelli for Lamborghini.
Note From Technophile:In addition, the Gallardo is equipped with first aid equipment including defibrillator apparatus with the capability to perform electrocardiograms, and automatic diagnosis of arterial pressure and the presence of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. The car will also be used for the transportation of plasma and human organs for transplant. By the way, because Ferruccio Lamborghini (founder of the famous super car company, Automobili Lamborghini) was born under the zodiac sign of Taurus, he gave to it the symbol of the fighting bull. Honoring this tradition, the Management of Automobili Lamborghini have decided to baptize their latest model with the name of a fighting bull’s breed: the Gallardo (pronounced: ga-yardo). Most people probably are not aware that the origins of the fighting bull proceed from five main breeds, that is: Cabrera, Navarra, Vasquena, Vistahermosa and Gallardo. The Gallardo breed was created in the XVIII century. It draws its name from Francisco Gallardo and his brothers – cattle breeders at Santa Maria, Cadiz – who, thanks to the good results obtained by their bulls’ behavior in the arena, reached a considerable prestige in the most important "Plazas de Toros".
Lambo LadyLambo Lady: Laura Ciano is one of the team of eight Italian police officers who crew the Lamborghini Gallardo. (No doubt, one of the fastest women on earth, but the real question is: Is she a Taurus?) [Image credit: Motoring.co.za (please note: this image has been modified from the original)]

:: Source: [Lamborghini]
:: Image Credits: [Automobile Magazine]
:: Innovation: A high-tech, high-horsepower, high-speed police multi-purpose vehicle that an exremely few Italian (or any other) motorists can outrun.
:: Available: Now (sorry, one model only).
:: Cost: USD $165,900 (for the Italian State Police, nada, as it was donated).
"Maverick: I feel the need...
Maverick, Goose: ...the need for speed!" ~Top Gun

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